Robert Schwartz of Ashland, Oregon writes:
“I wrote and self-published a New Age book called Courageous Souls: Do We Plan Our Life Challenges Before Birth?
“It includes 10 stories of people who planned great challenges for the purpose of spiritual growth. The information about their pre-birth plans was obtained by four of the most gifted mediums in the country, including one who has the ability both to see and to hear the conversations we have with one another before we’re born.
“For example, there’s a story of a man who planned to have AIDS in order to teach the world lessons in tolerance. Another interviewee planned decades of alcoholism in order to reclaim his spirituality. There are other stories of people who planned breast cancer, having handicapped children (autism), deafness, blindness, drug addiction, losing a loved one, and severe accidents.
“One would think that such a provocative premise would lead to lots of PR. Yet I haven’t been able to generate much. What would the Hounds suggest?”